Rhode Island Red

That awkward looking chicken in red below is none other than the author of this post, come north now that the weather has warmed up. I’m not ashamed to admit that I try to hide from the cold. In this shot I’m splicing some new wire for the Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s sailing school vessel.20180617_140438.

Here also is my friend Boyd, serving up the topmast stays (a process of wrapping the wire in twine). This protects the wire from sea water and is a foundation for the seizings that form the terminal eyes.

Boyd swinging the serving mallet

After a few weeks of refurbishment, while we replaced the top section of the main mast OHP is ready to sail again.


If you get a chance, have a look at my stories page; I have written a couple of new shorts  while I’ve been preparing my first novel for print. A Dream of Steamcoming soon.

2 thoughts on “Rhode Island Red”

  1. Glad you’re having fun Jim!

    Busy surveying here in Ontario:-)

    Best, Nicole

    Nicole McLoughlin McLoughlin Marine Surveying & Consulting Ltd. SAMS® Canadian Regional Director SAMS AMS®#1037; IAMI CMI®#160; Mecal Ltd. A3 Examiner, MCA coding Email: mms.nicole@gmail.com Mobile: 1.416.629.1283


  2. Your pictures look great! I’m sorry we couldn’t spend much time together, Jim. I do hope all is going your way in Michigan. Next time we’ll spend a bit more time together. You have been a kindred soul.


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